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Volusia in Volusia County, Florida — The American South (South Atlantic)
 

Volusia

 
 
The Volusia Marker image. Click for full size.
By AGS Media, May 27, 2010
1. The Volusia Marker
Inscription. Volusia, on the east bank of the river St. Johns, is the birthplace of Volusia County and the oldest settlement. The United States Courts confirmed Horatio Dexter's 1815 Spanish title and Joseph Rattenbury's 1817 title to the 17,000-acre Volusia tract, which extended from the Macayan Indian Mounds (1558) north to Lake George. Volusia Township was surveyed in 1821 divided into government Lots in 1834 and confirmed on the United States Cadastral Survey Map.

This majestic oak marks the center of many historic sites: to the southwest, the fort and mission San Salvador de Macaya (1667); to the south, Spalding's "Upper Store" (1763), which became Panton, Leslie Indian Trading House (1776). Also in the vicinity during the Creek-Seminole Indian War period (1835-1858) were Forts Volusia, Call, Barnwell, and Columbia. Volusia Military Cemetery adjoined this site and the Methodist Episcopal Church was built in 1845 within Ft. Call's enclosure.
 
Erected 1978 by Volusia County Historical Commission.
 
Location. 29° 10.128′ N, 81° 31.245′ W. Marker is in Volusia, Florida, in Volusia County. Marker is at the intersection of State Road 40 and Alice Drive, on the right on State Road 40. Click for map. Marker is located
The Volusia Marker under the "Volusia Oak" image. Click for full size.
By AGS Media, May 27, 2010
2. The Volusia Marker under the "Volusia Oak"
The marker is located under the shade of the immense tree, in a plot next to a historical marker for the William Bartram Trail. A blue and white sign indicates the plot is maintained by the Astor Area Garden Club.
on the northeast corner where Alice Drive intersects Florida State Road 40, just east of the Astor Bridge. Marker is in this post office area: Astor FL 32102, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 2 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. William Bartram Trail (here, next to this marker); Fort Butler (approx. half a mile away).
 
More about this marker. Marker is situated under the "Volusia Oak", on its eastern side in a plot maintained by the Astor Area Garden Club. It stands beside a marker for the William Bartram Trail.
 
Regarding Volusia. The "Volusia Township" is today an unincorporated community which is commonly associated with the neighboring community of Astor, across the river in Lake County, and site of the nearest post office.


Volusia Township was one of the settings used by Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings in her Pulitzer Prize winning novel The Yearling. The book's 1946 film adaptation starring Gregory Peck, Jane Wyman, and Claude Jarman, Jr., was nominated for eight Academy Awards and won three.
 
Additional keywords. Astor, Yearling, Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings
 
Categories. Cemeteries & Burial SitesChurches, Etc.Colonial EraForts, CastlesNative AmericansSettlements & SettlersWars, US Indian
 
The majestic Volusia Oak image. Click for full size.
By AGS Media, May 27, 2010
3. The majestic Volusia Oak
Marker shown sitting under the tree to the right of the trunk.
 
 
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